An initiative launched by a Husker in 2013 has led to a bike-share service for the entire Lincoln community.
Starting April 6, the city-managed BikeLNK system will make 100 bicycles available for short-term rentals at 19 kiosks citywide. The service includes five kiosks at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - three on City Campus and two on East Campus - and one at Nebraska Innovation Campus.
An open house featuring the bike share service is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Nebraska Union Crib.
“If the weather cooperates, we will start installing the kiosks on campus on Feb. 21,” said Jamie Granquist, manager of the BikeLNK program. “The university community is definitely a huge part of the fabric of Lincoln and we’re thrilled to offer this service on campus and across the entire Lincoln community.”
The bikes, which will be accessible 24 hours, 365 days a year, are three-speed cruiser models that feature a basket in front and lights for safety. The bikes are green and white and branded with a BikeLNK logo.
The service is accessible through the BikeLNK website, an app and the kiosks. Passes range in price from $3 for a 30-minute “Quick Tripper” to $80 for an annual membership. The annual pass will be available for $10 to Nebraska students, faculty and staff.
Thien Chau, now a Nebraska graduate, introduced the idea of a bike-share program to the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska and its Environmental Sustainability Committee in 2013. His ultimate goal was to better connect the community while also cutting air pollution and congestion by reducing the number of people driving cars.
Chau also approached community leaders about the project, which led to a partnership between the City of Lincoln, university and other local interests.
“This bike-share program is truly a student-led initiative that will enhance the entire Lincoln community,” said Jordan Messerer, assistant director of Nebraska’s Outdoor Adventure Center.
The service is being operated by the City of Lincoln. A federal grant is covering nearly 80 percent of the initial and operational costs.
BikeLNK kiosk locations on campus include the Nebraska Union, Eastside Suites, 14th and Avery Parking Garage, Dairy Store, Recreation and Wellness Center and Innovation Commons. The kiosks will be installed between Feb. 21-23.